Monday, 12 July 2010

New History Books: July 12th

Secret Affairs, Mark Curtis (Profile Books)
Drawing on declassified government files, Secret Affairs reveals how British governments since the 1940s have supported radical Islamic and terrorist groups in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, Indonesia and Egypt to control oil resources and overthrow governments.

The Liberty Bell, Gary B. Nash (Yale University Press)
The Liberty Bell was originally cast in England in 1751. Now on display in Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, it attracts over two million visitors every year. Charting the impetus behind the bell’s creation, as well as its evolutions in meaning through successive generations, this cultural history explores how the Liberty Bell has become a symbol of the American identity.

The Last Gasp, Scott Christianson (University of California Press)
The Last Gasp charts, for the first time, the history of the gas chamber in the United States. From its construction in Nevada in 1924 as a ‘humane’ method of execution, to the first uses of the gas chamber after the First World War, the author also explores American and German collaboration in the production and use of hydrogen cyanide and Hitler’s adoption of gas chamber technology developed in the United States.

The Kingdom and People of Kent, AD 400-1600, Stuart Brookes and Sue Harrington (The History Press)
This chronological account of the history of the kingdom and people of Kent draws on written, toponymic and archaeological sources to offer insights into the continuities, changes and transformations that produced Anglo-Saxon England out of the remains of Roman Britain.

You may purchase any of the above books, by clicking on the following links:
Secret Affairs: Britain's Collusion with Radical Islam
The Liberty Bell (Icons of America Series)
The Last Gasp: The Rise and Fall of the American Gas Chamber
The Kingdom and People of Kent, AD 40-1066: Their History and Archaeology

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